Girl, 17, killed as car hits wall in Tansey Green Road crash
A 17-year-old girl has died after a car overturned and hit a wall in the Black Country.
The girl, who was a passenger in the only car involved in the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene in Tansey Green Road, Pensnett, in the early hours of this morning.
A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving and drink driving and remained in custody on Thursday afternoon.
The gold car, believed to be a Ford Mondeo, overturned shortly after midnight and hit a wall next to the mini-roundabout at Smithy Lane. Tansey Green Road was closed for around 12 hours as a result.
A blue forensic tent was in place covering the car this morning before it was rolled back over and recovered by firefighters.
Specialist West Midlands Police have spent hours examining the crash site and are now appealing for anybody with information to come forward
Sergeant Alan Hands, from the force's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We are in the early stages of our investigation and would encourage anyone with information to get in touch.
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“The family of the teenager are being supported by specialist officers and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”
Tansey Green Road was closed from its junction with the B4175 Stalling's Lane to just after Smithy Lane, part of which was also cordoned off.
One nearby resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said it was “chaos” throughout the night after the incident happened.
He said: “I heard a big smash and heard what sounded like a car rolling, it was around 2am.
“I looked out the window and people were out in the streets looking, but I couldn’t see much as it was dark.
“It was chaos with all the different emergency services here.”
Another said: “I heard some cars reversing on Smithy Lane and thought it was odd and then I saw the blue lights.
“We get speeding down here all the time, there’s no speed bumps on my side on Smithy Lane, so they put their foot down.
“Motorbikes on the weekend are a problem, speeding down here and doing wheelies.
“It isn’t right, as you get older you realise how bad it is.”
Another neighbour, who has lived on nearby Dreadnought Road for 36 years, said roads in the area had been "getting worse".
“This is terrible," he said.
“It’s upsetting, and it sounds bad, but we have been waiting for this to happen, we knew an accident was coming.
“Just a few months ago a car went through the front of a man’s house on Tansey Green Road.
“I’ve lived on Dreadnought Road for 36 years and it’s getting worse and worse on both roads.
“Most accidents take place at night but they speed down here day and night, we’ve been warning people about it and they take no notice."
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had overturned. Sadly, nothing could be done to save one occupant, a teenage girl, and she was confirmed dead on scene.
"A second occupant, a man, sustained injuries not thought to be serious and was taken to Russells Hall Hospital for further checks.”
A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman confirmed crews were sent from Brierley Hill and Dudley after a call at six minutes past midnight.
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